Guess the Chemist (20)

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  • DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201300092
  • Author: ChemViews
  • Published Date: 06 August 2013
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Not much is known about this chemist, despite the impact they had on our modern world. This person was born in Diepholz in Northern Germany and trained as an assistant pharmacist in Berlin, Germany. This person studied pharmacy and chemistry and gained their Ph.D. in 1908. Shortly afterwards, this person began their career in industry, working for Griesheim Elektron, Frankfurt, Germany, as a research chemist and later for Hoechst AG, in Höchst, near Frankfurt.


This chemist patented a production method for a material that is now made on the multi-million ton scale, and suggested that it would make a suitable replacement for horn, cellulose esters, or celluloid used for films, threads, and lacquers.


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